Praying Mantises

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Do you see what I see?
Earlier this week Kevin and I went over to my parents to visit and have a family dinner. Often when we go over there we go out on a little walk through the woods to look for critters, mushrooms and anything else interesting we can find, this day was no exception. The day before my dad had discovered the field behind their house was just covered with praying mantises so that's where we headed.

I took an absolutely overwhelming amount of photos of the mantises. It was so hard to choose which to share. There are some of my favorites...
It had been a while since I'd seen a praying mantis in person and it's safe to say I forgot how absolutely amazing they are. They are so foreign looking. I'm so excited I got to see, examine, learn about and photograph these mantises. I hope this wasn't a once in a life time experience, to see so many at one time, because I'm already ready to do it again!
xoxo

53 comments:

  1. Holy crap that's awesome! I love the picture where the mantis is up close and looking at you like you've got something up your nose :')
    xo,
    wink

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  2. Wow, I didn't know, that they live in the US. I somehow thaught that they need warmer temperatures... Great pictures!

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    1. We even have them up here in Canada.

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    2. I remember in grade 9 science class we were watching a video on praying mantises and because I would jump in my seat every time they moved, making my classmates laugh, my teacher asked me to wait in the hall because I was disturbing the class. I have no problem with bugs except for praying mantises and house centipedes. I once had a nightmare that a praying mantis ate my little finger.

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  3. I've never seen one live! These are incredible, but I must admit, i'd probably freak out half excited/half terrified! :)

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  4. wow, great captures Kaylah! I dunno, maybe it's because I just put this book (Girl of the Limerlost) down to read this post... but her character and yours seem to find such a wonderful delight in those 'hidden' gems found in nature. If you want a great book: start with the one called Freckles (a naturalist's delight, really)!
    Thanks for sharing these today!
    mel ;o)
    needle and nest design

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    1. Oh interesting! I'll definitely have to check it out.

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  5. I have never seen anything like that! Maybe it is just Tennessee, but I literally see maybe one of those a year. One time I looked over and a baby was chilling beside me on the couch. I named him Rupert and let him watch Criminal Minds with me before taking him outside.

    Seriously though, it would be amazing if you did an outfit post covered in mantises.

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    1. Oh same here! This was definitely a first for me. I rarely see them.

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    2. @Emily-Ann: Your comment made me laugh! Leaving the mantis there to watch Tv with you before you took him outside--I love it!

      And I agree about the outfit post. I mean, at least a skirt of mantises spread apart like they were a pattern could be pretty cool. Just sneak it in one day and see if anyone realizes they're real!

      I also just have to say I had no idea these guys go so big! I don't think I've ever seen one in person so I just assumed from pictures that they'd be an inch or so long. I love that you included people in the pictures so I can see the "scale" : ]

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  6. Oh, I would never dare to have them crawling all over my face :S I love the picture with the face shot though! (of the prating mantis)

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  7. That's so exciting! I've only ever seen like two in my entire lifetime, but to find a whole feild of them is just amazing. I've heard before that it's good luck to find a praying mantis, so you all must be very lucky haha. I'm seriously so jealous!

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  8. wow! do you know why there were so many? they are huge! i don't know if i've ever seen one in person. so cool!

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  9. These photos are amazing, I can't believe you guys let them all over you! I'm ok with insects from a distance but if they get too close, or are inside my house I become a total wuss about them xo

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  10. So cool! We used to have one that would frequent a corner of our garage, and I loved to observe her. You're right, so foreign looking! Do you guys have walking stick insects up there too? I see them every once and awhile, and they always amaze me.

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  11. I think you are so brave. I have like this phobia of grasshopers and praying mantis...I like spiders though.
    Your photos make me squeal and scratch my face (I imagine them on me...ihhhhhh)
    Nevertheless...love your blog. =)

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  12. These pictures are definitely cool, but the picture of the little boy with the little guys crawling all over him made me cringe a little bit! I could never be that brave!


    http://youreinbrookelynn.blogspot.com/

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  13. These are such amazing photos, I've never seen a praying mantis in real life before. I didn't realise they were so big though, the shots with people in made me do a double take!
    Faye x

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  14. Oh wow, I've never seen so many before! Amazing! I would have snapped an insane amount of pictures as well, awesome, you should share some more! These are so great!

    xomando

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  15. I love mantises! You got some really great shots of those little ones. I never see them here in Florida, but I would love to.

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  16. Oh wow! Your photos are awesome, as usual. I saw the picture you posted on instagram a bit back and thought about how I've only seen 2 mantises in real life. Then last night there was one chilling out on my front door. It wasnt as big as the ones in your photos tho. It was cool to see one again. :)

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  17. Wow so many! I thought that mantises bit people who handled them, but it seems not in these pictures.

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  18. That is so awesome! It's like a mantis rendezvous!
    Back in the spring I had a teeny-tiny baby one hang out w me for a bit. I managed to get a few pics :)
    http://shaktidove.blogspot.com/2012/05/life-in-little.html

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  19. Oh my, I've actually never seen a praying mantis in real life. They're so many of them in your parent's area! That's so cool. I love the fourth picture they look like they were having so much fun!

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  20. What fantastic pictures! I can't believe how many you found in one place! That is truly amazing! I've only seen praying mantises twice in my life- once as a child and we found one here at the house last summer. They are such beautiful creatures!

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  21. Holy moly these are HUGE! They look so alien like. I don't think I would dare to hold on, let alone on my face, lol! But I'm a big scaredy cat though. :p

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  22. So weird! My husband and I just saw a praying mantis this morning while leaving our apartment - he was waiting in the stairwell right outside our door!

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  23. They are the goofiest, friendliest looking bugs in my opinion. I've never ever seen more than one at a time. Score!

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  24. you guys are brave for having them on you! i would have had a panic attack!

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  25. That is amazing, love the shot with them all over. I have never seen multiple mantises either. What a great find.

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  26. Very cool! As an entomologist I am so jealous you got to see so many mantids at once. I have never seen that myself. Although I am originally from Wisconsin, which is a little too far north for most preying mantises so collecting one of these for my classes was really an accomplishment/treat! As I said before so neat and I am jealous! haha!

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  27. i have never seen this many at one time! these pictures are absolutely stunning! i was just thinking of you when i saw some photos of really cool snails: http://goo.gl/j1sqw and then i came to your blog and saw these lovely critters and though "how fitting!" haha. anyway, thanks for sharing these— i love the one on kevin's face

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  28. Wow, I rarely see those! I can't believe you saw so many at one time. They are truly interesting to look at!

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  29. I love that first shot! You got so close and it looks like it has a human expression! So impressive xx

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  30. AUGH they're so big and awesome! Seriously, this is one magical place full of magical critters, haha. I love mantises because they have such neat personalities and always look like they are deep in contemplation... thus, perfect models for pictures.

    I found a large cicada the other week and took him home for pictures. Glad to know there's a fellow bug appreciator out there! :)

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  31. Wow, these photos are amazing! I especially love the one of the kiddo with the mantises all over his face, hehe - that cracked me up. They are so pretty and neat.

    Xo,
    ♥ Emily

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  32. those are so effing cool!!! love!!!

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  33. These are such beautiful photos. I don't know if I'd let them crawl on me- think it would be a bit tickly! But makes for a great shot and must have been a great evening :-)

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  34. Very awesome mantises! Even though I love critters, I got the chills when looking at them on your familia. I could probably handle it but it would take some getting used to!!

    Great up close photos by the way! It's always so wonderful to see the details.

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  35. Wow, that's a ton of praying mantises! They're such a cool insect. :)

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  36. Wow, that's amazing to find so many at once. Me and my boyfriend have spent time with a mantis female pet. She loved traveling around our face, his name was Menes. She oviposited two egg sacs and we can follow the birth of their babies.
    Unfortunately we have no photos as impressive as yours, but I will look them well and remember a bit more.
    Again another of his great discoveries Kaylah :D

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  37. So wonderful! Did you relocate a few to your garden? They are amazing for chemical free bug control. I buy mantis and ladybugs for my garden every year!

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  38. Totally cool, I love creepy crawlies:D Not too long a go I saw a little baby mantis...but I didn't have my camera handy...your so lucky!

    Xo,
    Eeka

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  39. Oh I love the one on his glasses...he's first like "oh pose for the camera" and then thinking "hmm what are these hairy pieces above the eyes!" Sorry, I give voice to critters far too much :)

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  40. Hooly Crow! I have never seen that many in one place! Amazing! Is there a specific type of vegetation there? They are truly amazing...but I'd be lying if I said they didn't freak me out. I always thought they could read my mind. ha! These photos rule! So cool!

    xo

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  41. Had to share this post on Facebook. But actually I love all your nature posts! Critters, mushrooms, beautiful insects! Little fellows coming out of nowhere and in fact they are everywhere! We just need to look through the right eyes. Congratulations for having those eyes! Always good to share this feeling about what surrounds us... I will probably include more of my amateur nature photos in my blog, as I am now inspired by these posts! Always keep your joie de vivre, Kaylah. xo Joana

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  42. These are amazing photos! I am fascinated by insects, but the Praying Mantis is definitely one of the most fascinating! I've never seen so many in place - LOVE the snap you took of all those Mantises on the little boy. WOW!! I admit I had a little itch of freakiness seeing them all over him, but then I was just jealous. ;)

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  43. They are so pretty & seem to have personality. You don't usually think an insect could have personality. You captured that in the shots... Loved it!

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  44. I am a total wimp and not at all an insect person... but these are just COOL! Definitely one of the best the bug world has to offer.

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  45. I LOVE this! I've missed these little guys so much since I moved out west from DE. I've not seen one in like 6 years, and it makes me sad! My favorite memory was putting one on my head and going into the house to show my grandma. She actually screamed and dropped a big pot of soup! it was pretty funny to my like 8 year old self. haha
    Thanks for the memory reminder!

    xo

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  46. This may be my favorite post EVER! I'm sooo jealous! I've never seen one in my life! I'm not even sure they live in the Netherlands. Anyway! So pretty! Love it!

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